Christian Aid Ireland

Profile

Country/TerritoryIreland

Activity

  • Christian Aid Ireland is the Irish affiliate of Christian Aid, an “international aid and development agency of the Protestant Churches of Great Britain and Ireland.”
    • Christian Aid UK assumes a highly biased and politicized approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Its publications systematically ignore Palestinian responsibility in the conflict and minimize Israel’s right to self-defense. For issues relating to the Arab-Israeli conflict, Christian Aid Ireland’s website directs people to the resources and articles featured on Christian Aid UK’s website.

See NGO Monitor’s report on Christian Aid UK.

Funding

  • In FY 2017-2018, total income was €11.2 million; total expenses were €8.9 million, of which €517,000 was spent on “Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.”
  • Donors include Ireland (Irish Aid) and the European Union.

Governmental and Institutional Funding to Christian Aid (amounts in €)

Donor201820172016
Irish Aid6,805,0005,429,0004,816,000
EuropeAid232,000
Other institutions*140,00096,000147,000

*Christian Aid Ireland does not identify the “Other institutions” reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.

Political Advocacy

  • Christian Aid Ireland funds highly politicized and biased NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict including Al-Haq, Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), B’Tselem, Adalah, Culture and Free Thought Association, and Zochrot. (See table below for further funding information.)
  • Christian Aid Ireland encourages individuals to join the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).
    • EAPPI sends volunteers to the West Bank to “witness life under occupation.” Upon completion of the program, the volunteers return to their home countries and churches where many engage in anti-Israel advocacy, including advocating for BDS campaigns in churches, comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa and Nazi Germany, and other delegitimization strategies.
  • Christian Aid Ireland is active in lobbying elected officials and assists people in becoming a “local lobbyist” to aid in “fighting against injustice.”
  • In May 2018, during the violence on the Gaza border, Rosamond Bennett, the Chief Executive of Christian Aid Ireland, was a signatory on a Letter to the Editor to the Irish Times stating that the “shooting of unarmed demonstrators in Gaza is illegal, immoral and indicative of a complete disregard for the lives of Palestinians… The fate of the Palestinian people is a stain on the conscience of the world. This most recent massacre demands a response.” Bennet also called on the Irish Government to “recognise the state of Palestine.” Bennet ignored the violent nature of the protests, which have consisted of an organized armed attack on the Israeli border and IDF positions, attempts to destroy and breach the border fence, and sustained arson, rocket, and mortar attacks on Israeli civilian communities.
  • Co-signed an August 2015 campaign, calling on world leaders “to press the Israeli government to lift the blockade on Gaza,” while altogether omitting that the blockade was implemented in an effort to stop Palestinian terrorists from smuggling of weapons and rockets into Gaza that would later be used to target Israeli civilians.

BDS Activities

  • In 2018, Christian Aid Ireland supported the Irish “Control of Economic Activity (Occupied territories)” bill which would make it illegal for Irish citizens and residents to import or sell “settlement goods” or to provide or attempt to provide “settlement services.” According to Rosamond Bennett, Chief Executive of Christian Aid Ireland, the bill “sends an important message across the globe, that international law exists to protect people and their rights across the world. For too long, settlements and the produce that comes from them have been at the expense of Palestinian rights, forcing them off their land and into poverty.”
  • In 2012, Christian Aid Ireland lobbied for the “introduction of a ban on the importation of produce originating in illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.”
  • In 2012, Christian Aid Ireland joined a coalition of 22 European NGOs in producing a report, “Trading Away Peace: How Europe Helps Sustain Illegal Israeli Settlements,” which repeats the BDS agenda and calls on the EU and national governments to wage political warfare through various forms of economic sanctions on Israel.

Partners

  • Christian Aid Irelands works with “over fifteen Israeli and Palestinian organisations to protect human rights and build a just, lasting peace for all.”
  • Christian Aid Ireland is a member of ACT Alliance.
    • The ACT Alliance promotes demonizing rhetoric against Israel, international boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) campaigns, and the Kairos Palestine document that calls for BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) against Israel; denies the Jewish historical connection to Israel in theological terms; and rationalizes, justifies, and trivializes terrorism, calling it “legal resistance.”
    • Advocacy goals include contributing “to a global discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that addresses the consequences of occupation, promotes access of individuals to resources, and ultimately brings an end to the occupation” and targeting “Christian communities on the International level…by stressing Christians’ suffering in the Holy Land and seek to preserve Christians presence in Palestine.”
    • Supported the EU’s decision to label products exported from Israeli communities over the 1967 ceasefire line, calling it “an important measure towards ensuring continued, full and effective implementation of existing EU legislation.”

2018 Funding to NGOs (amount in €)

NGOAmount
Al-Haq70,000
Palestinian Center for Human Rights70,000
B'Tselem70,000
Adalah70,000
Culture and Free Thought Association90,000
Zochrot44,000

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